Here's a photo diary of the (not-so) new year so far! In the year of 2013 I vowed to myself that I would improve my cooking for the sake of my future independence and lack of my mothers presence - boo. My cooking endeavors are very much 'hit-and-miss'. Sometimes I come up with cutlery genius but more often than not it turns out to be a major flop, naturally I did not include those in this blog! This is a tuna and courgette pasta. You can get the recipe from foodwishes.com or foodwishes on YouTube. I love his recipes. Also, a super simple mango ice cream!

Galleying with Nick. Costa with Charlie. Bubble Tea with Sylvie

It seems Costa has become the student hangout. I like the atmosphere in coffee shops, I'm sure you know what I mean! The nice sanctuary it provides on those particularly gloomy and wet English days is always lovely. And the mandatory bubble tea fix! I'm sure if your Asian you know of this legendary liquid~ I literally walked past it when it was newly open and stood in the middle of a crowd of people going "omg omg omg BUBBLE TEAAA!" to which my sister mocks to this day.

more cooking. *chef jess*

For Sylvie's birthday we went to see The Script. At first I thought I might not enjoy it as much as maybe a few years ago but it was awesome! By far the most aesthetically pleasing concert so far~ the photos came out very well and it was most enjoyable!


I think the night before my birthday my brother told us he was coming back home for my birthday. Keep in mind it is about a five-six hour drive. I honestly felt like crying (okay, I did cry..) and I felt so overwhelmed that he and Hannah would come all that way to celebrate with us. So my sister booked two extra seats at an Italian restaurant. Even my sister's boyfriend Alien - which is his nickname from the family - came around for birthday cake and then we played cards and Uno. Don't you ever get those days you feel really united with your family? I honestly feel beyond blessed to have them in my life. They mean absolutely everything to me.

Of course, I also celebrated a 'school' birthday because my birthday was during time off. Sylvie gave me a hilarious bag with ours, nick's, charlie's and katie's head stuck on it. Honestly, I wish I had a photo! *tears of laughter* Nick even went and ordered me a gameboy and pokemon emerald! I was able to reunite with my old (though admittedly super lame) pokemon team.

practice cake and rocky road I was going to make for my friends.

Mother's day dinner with my mum (obviously!) and Jen. yums yumz yum~ 

LONDOOON! You can read the full photo diary { h e r e }.

Kev came back down for the bank holiday weekend and we drove to a nature reserve. The drive was lovely because it was such a sunny day! It was such good timing too~ Kev started going on the kid stuff and mother bear got all ninja and 'HAH! you suck! loook at meee and my yoga skills. BOOYAH!' (she didn't actually say that but...).  We also went to 'yam taa' and I had my much loved coconut ice cream! 

And finally, we went Leeds today and had McDonald's as you do!

So that is 2013 from January - June! Thank you if you have read so far. You should tell me if you like these life blogs... I may do them more frequently or I may just stick to doing them once or twice a year. It is rather a joyous thing making this blog because you get to look back on all the memories you would have otherwise overlooked ^^. I feel a little bit more appreciative of my life now~ <3



blue water koi || outfit

shirt/primark    necklace/topshop    skirt/ebay(topshop)    flatforms/riverisland    floral crown/DIY    socks/tutuanna

Hola! Can you believe that this is actually my mums shirt? I stole it from her wardrobe, hehe. It definitely fills the void in my wardrobe since it mainly consists of skirts and dresses, plus I adore the intricate koi print. My floral headcrown was made by yours truly~ I am thinking of selling a few on ebay but when/if I ever get around to it... who knows. However, exams are finally over and I plan on indulging into one too many ice creams!

Do you ever have a 'default' outfit you seem to wear all the time for a good month or so? I'm pretty sure this it mine. Only thing is, is that this a-line skirt isn't so a-line on me, it's more like a body con - damn you hips! They seem to get in the way of everything, especially when it comes to trying on those peskily narrow jeans. Maybe those ice creams aren't a good idea after all... *sigh*